By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
David Letterman, the longest-serving late night host in TV history, announced that he’s retiring in 2015. The 66-year-old host has been considered an important figure in television since he launched Late Night with David Letterman on NBC in 1982.
The news first broke via Twitter, where the website exploded with countless tweets wondering whether or not it was true. It didn’t take long for Letterman and CBS to confirm. Letterman said he spoke with Leslie Moonves, who owns the network and has worked with him for many years, explaining, “…I phoned him just before the program, and I said ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.’” The announcement was both expected and surprising, seeing as last year Letterman renewed his deal for just 1 year – the first time in his career he signed up for such a limited commitment.
Moonves released the following statement: “For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our network’s air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He’s also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman.”
He’s definitely right about there only being one David Letterman. Currently, there is no confirmed host that will replace the TV legend, but we’re sure there will be an announcement soon.
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